101 Eco-Learning Websites for Teachers

Biodiversity

Anglian Water - Captain Splosh

Anglian Water provides purpose built education centres and a mobile education centre which covers the Anglian region. Visit their purpose built website for primary teachers and pupils which includes Captain Splosh to help children understand more about water.

ARKive is the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species. Whether you are a teacher or a student, explore and search for videos, photos and facts about the world's endangered biodiversity and conservation issues. Fun and educational, ARKive hosts a collection of interactive games and puzzles as well as learning resources that can be used in a range of science subjects

British Ecological Society

The BES is an active organisation for anyone with an interest in ecology. The website has links to a wide range of publications and papers as well as a vast array of information surrounding ecology.

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers

The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers is a charity set up in 1959. Amongst other things they can offer advice and training on many practical conservation issues

Climate Challenge

The site gives useful information on climate change, how to spread the word and how to take action.

Climate Futures

The Comino Foundation has funded a portfolio of materials to support teachers in their teaching of environment and climate change issues. The Foundation recognise that many teachers have received no training in these issues. The core portfolio called 'Climate Futures' is now on the Internet. Whilst this site is subscribed to by 25,000 teachers, the Foundation through CSE, has agreed that the Climate Futures materials can be accessed and downloaded without charge.

Short introductory DVD about climate change.

Discovering our Countryside

Discovering Our Countryside brings the world of farming and the countryside right into the classroom; a firsthand introduction and explanation of how food gets from fields onto our tables, all year

Earth Restoration Service

The School Tree Nurseries Programme aims to help children in schools learn about the environment and to plant trees in order to restore their degraded habitats. The programme currently works with schools all over the UK.

Eden Project

The Eden website has a Schools & Colleges section which promotes the work Eden is doing and hosts ideas for teachers alongside information on school visits, teacher training courses and the opportunity to link into the international school gardening programme, Gardens for Life

Garden Organic

Garden Organic is committed to getting people growing. We offer advice and information on issues relating to organic produce and gardening, with a range of resources for schools.

Information on Greenpeace and their environmental campaigns, and how to get actively involved in their work. Greenpeace works on a number of international environmental issues. Visit the Campaigns homepage to find out more about Global Warming, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Incineration, Toxics, Ancient Forests, GM, Oceans and Star Wars campaigns.

Hedgerow Harvest

In the past hedges were used as larders of healthy seasonal food. The Hedgerow Harvest project seeks to reconnect people to this heritage of free local healthy food. Hedgerows are fruit-full not only in food but inspiring us to understand our sense of place within the world, providing a range of real learning opportunities. We hope that schools will be able to take inspiration from this website and make use of the downloadable resources to support them in bringing the curriculum to life.

Marine Conservation

We work to inform, involve and influence everyone to play a part in securing a future for our seas. We pride ourselves on basing our campaigns on sound factual evidence and working with others to take action and deliver solutions to the threats that face our seas.

National Association of Environmental Education

NAEE (UK) is a voluntary organisation, with no state funding, run by experienced teachers from a wide variety of educational institutions. We use funds raised from subscriptions and donations to promote the teaching of environmental education across the curriculum as well as education for sustainable development.

Natural England - Big Wildlife Garden

The Big Wildlife Garden is operated by Natural England, the government's statutory conservation advisor for England. The site recognises the fact that gardens represent an important area of natural habitat for many species, and that gardening in a wildlife friendly manner can considerably increase the diversity of plants and animals in every garden. The Big Wildlife Garden is free for anyone of any age to join and is open to individuals, schools or community groups.

Naturenet is the UK's most popular independent countryside and conservation website. Are you looking for something in particular‌ Use our handy search feature or scroll down to see a selection of the most popular pages.

RHS Campaign for School Gardening

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening aims to encourage and support schools to create and actively use a school garden. It provides a wealth of help and ideas for schools and pupils in order to get them gardening. The website includes lesson plans and activities that are linked to all the Key States of Primary National Curriculum and Foundation stage.

Roots and Shoots

The Roots & Shoots program is run by The Jane Goodall Institute (jgi) and is about making positive change happen through empowering young people with the inspiration and tools to make a difference - for our communities, for animals and for the environment.

RSPB Wildlife Action Awards

Get your whole school involved in our Wildlife Action Awards. These awards are easy to take part in, and each pupil, class or year group receive awards for the actions they do. Your entire school will also be rewarded for its combined effort.

Secret Seed Society

Sharing with children the excitement of growing vegetables from seed, and cooking tasty, healthy food. Secret Seed Society aims to spread the fun of growing and cooking your own food with children.

Share the World

Share the World is a free educational programme designed to help your students better understand and appreciate the animal kingdom. Your pupils will use their thinking, reading and writing skills to work through the reproducible activities that form the heart of this programme.

Southern Water

Southern Water will provide small financial grants for schools within the Southern Water region (Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight) to develop environmental initiatives within the school. The type of project that will be supported include gardens (preferably water efficient), wildlife gardens, ponds, environment clubs

The Earth Centre

The Earth Centre, described as the world's first "green" theme park, has launched a website that encourages people to visit the attraction. Opened in 1999 near Doncaster, the Earth Centre was the first UK landmark millennium attraction. On the website you can take a virtual tour of the Earth Centre environment and learn more about environmental issues.

The Great Plant Hunt

The Great Plant Hunt is an ideal resource to help children aged 5-11 learn about plant-based science. All the teaching resources are available on the website. Activities are clearly mapped to the national curriculum and tailored to each year group with opportunities for different age groups to work together. Broad themes include: the variation of plant life and different habitats (biodiversity); plants as living organisms; the importance of plants in everyday life.

The National Trust

The National Trust is a charity completely independent of government. Best known for looking after historic buildings and houses they also protect a wide range of landscape and open them up to the public.

The Pod - EDF's Energy programme for greener schools

The Pod is an interactive website for teachers and Eco-Coordinators. It provides high quality cross curricular teachings resources, activities and games as well as a place to share ideas and showcase your work. The Pod works in collaboration with Eco-Schools England to ensure all activities will help a school progress through the Eco-Schools process.

Founded by wildlife conservationist Jules Howard, this website contains links to free resources for teachers and environmental educators to develop and enhance their teaching of environmental education.

The Wildlife Trusts

Wildlife Trusts were formed across the length and breadth of the UK by the 1960s, in response to the widespread devastation of our natural habitats. Ancient woodlands, lakes, meadows, moors, islands, estuaries and beaches were all rescued in an urgent drive to save our natural heritage for future generations.

The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is the UK's leading woodland conservation charity. One of its key aims is to see more and more people enjoying trees and woods as part of their everyday lives. To support this, the Trust has developed a series of high quality learning resources and projects for schools, created in partnership with teachers and tested by children.

This is a website designed by HTI and SevernTrent Water offering tools to help you carry out an environmental assessment of your school.

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute website. The World Resources Institute is an environmental think tank creating practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. Their mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment for current and future generations.

World Wildlife Fund for Nature

WWF are the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation. They are a charity that addresses a wide range of issues including environmental education.

Early Years

Play England promote the message that all children and young people should have access and opportunities to free and inclusive play spaces.

Learning through Landscapes

An organisation designed to help schools and early years groups make the most of their outdoor spaces for play and learning. This site is for anyone who shares our passion for creating stimulating outdoor learning and play experiences for children and young people.

Energy

Action Renewables

Action Renewables has created a website packed full of games, ideas, worksheets and information on energy and related topics that can be used by teaching professionals and students alike.

Campaign for Better Transport

Formerly Transport 2000, Better Transport have been creating transport policies and programmes that aim to give people better lives since 1973.

Schools register on the website and then calculate their carbon footprint using the kit provided. You can then compare your schools results with other schools around the UK

Committee on Climate Change

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) which is an independent body established under the Climate Change Act to advise the UK Government and Parliament on the progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

DECC My2050 School's Toolkit

In partnership with Involve, Think Global and Sciencewise-ERC, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has created a classroom toolkit to help teachers engage Key Stage 3 and 4 students in debates about the energy choices we will have to make to reduce carbon emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation, funded both by government and the private sector, set up to address the damaging effects of climate change. If you are looking for ways to stop wasting energy and money you'll find lots of ideas here.

Where does energy come from‌ How is it distributed‌ A great resource for young people by E-ON UK

It's Only Natural: Primary Programme

Only Natural is a resource pack from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which introduces eight renewable energy sources and the role they can play in providing energy for the UK. Includes: Bio-energy, Solar energy and Wind energy.

Start UK

Start is a charitable initiative set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, with a mission to inspire people to start living more sustainably.

Travel Footprint

Travel Footprint enables you to compare the lifecycle environmental impacts of the main methods of passenger travel in the UK. Use their Journey Emissions Calculator to calculate emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulates generated by a specified journey.

General

BMW Education Resources

Resources for teachers - animations, games and more for children aged 7-16 on topics such as clean energy

BP Education Service

BP Educational Service - email: bpes@bp.com. Carbon Footprint Toolkit: a free interactive CD Rom for teachers. Suitable for 11-16 Geography, Science, Environmental Studies and Citizenship. Activities and calculator for measuring students', teachers' and school carbon footprint.

Coolit Schools

Teachers are able to upload writings, photographs, films and sound based work made by their pupils. There are also project ideas on the website to help schools get together to explore climate change through art, science, creative writing, music, drama and technology. Schools are then able to document and upload the results into their very own Cool it Schools Showcase!

Energy education specialists - Teacher Zone

Disposal Know How

The one-stop Recycling information site! Our mission is to be THE one-stop site bringing together all the latest information about the various means of recycling and ethical disposal available.

Eco-Schools (International)

This is the website for the international branch of Eco-Schools, it contains information about the general programme and contains links and contacts to national programmes around the world.

Offers UK businesses free, independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimize waste and reduce environmental impact.

Forum for the Future

Forum for the Future is a charity that works in partnership with business, the public sector and others to build a sustainable future.

Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

A non-governmental and non-profit making organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth campaign for solutions to environmental problems. This website links to the English, welsh and Northern Irish FOE campaign but you can also access their international arm from here.

Career, work and education forum for young people

Keep Britain Tidy

Keep Britain Tidy, are an environmental charity who run a number of programmes such as Eco-Schools, the Blue Flag Award, the Quality Coast Award and the Cleaner, Safer Greener network.

Learning outside the Classroom Manifesto

This is a shared statement of intent for all who see the benefits to young people and want to help bring about this vision of high quality, meaningful learning experiences for all. The site is designed to support anyone working with young people aged 0-19 provide high-quality educational experiences

Love Where you Live

Love Where You Live is a new campaign that aims to inspire, encourage and enable us to make where we live, work and play the kind of place we really want it to be. In conjunction with Eco-Schools, Love Where You Live has developed a special series of educational resources. These include a range of free lesson ideas, assembly ideas, and challenges that link with the national curriculum and Eco-Schools Awards in creative ways.

Time to kick through leaves, play conkers and hunt for natural treasure in the woods! Download printable play pack booklets designed to inspire children with outdoor play ideas.

The Sustainable schools website helping schools to become more sustainable.

TerraCycle : Outsmart Waste

TerraCycle's purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste. We do this by creating national recycling systems for the previously non-recyclable. The process starts by offering collect programmes (many of them free) to collect your waste and then convert the collected waste into a wide range of products and materials.

The Magdalen Project

The Magdalen Project is an environmental education centre situated in the heart of 132 acre organic farm in beautiful countryside on the Somerset/Dorset border, only a short distance from the dramatic Jurassic coast.

Young Peoples Trust for the Environment

Founded in 1982, the Young People's Trust for the Environment is a charity which aims to encourage young people's understanding of the environment and of the need for sustainability.

Young Reporters for the Environment

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is a network of international youth engaged in Education for Sustainable Development. The goal of YRE is for participants, aged 11-21, to investigate environmental issues and problems and report on them through written, photographic or video journalism, while investigating solutions. An international YRE competition is held each year in which winning national entries compete.

Global Perspectives

British Council

The British Council aims to ‘connect people through learning opportunities and building lasting relationships around the world'

eTwinning is the Comenius EU programme for schools website, linking schools across EU countries together to share their work and make links.

Fair Trade Schools

An environmental education charity, set up to promote and facilitate ethical and environmentally friendly lifestyles. The website provides a guide to the Fairtrade Schools Scheme run by the Fairtrade Foundation.

Global Action Plan

Programmes for schools to reduce the impact of climate change and waste.

This website aims to bring a global dimension to education, forming educational partnerships with schools and colleges across the globe. The British Council supports and accredits collaboration between schools and advocates global citizenship for young people worldwide.

The GLOBE Programme is an international environmental education project, encouraging children in schools to measure their local environment, and make their findings available to everyone using the internet.

The Fairtrade Foundation

The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. They have lots of campaigns and resources you can use to become a Fairtrade school.

Time for Citizenship

This is a FREE School resource because it has been supported by the HSBC and CSEF. Registration (free) allows you to submit School projects (a small 'reward' will be paid for projects when they are published on the site), and you will be able to submit entries for the Art Gallery and other projects, as well as building up a very valuable resource for all schools to share.

Wings of Hope Achievement Award

The Wings of Hope seeks to stimulate education in its broadest sense not just in India and Malawi, but also in the UK. In 2004, the Founders of The Wings of Hope instituted an Achievement Award to stimulate the skills and talents of UK secondary school students.

Healthy Living

Focus on Food Campaign

The Focus on Food campaign is all about cooking. The campaign raises the profile and importance of food education and focuses on the making and cooking of food as the key experience in learning about the social importance of food.

Food for Life

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture.

Grow your own Potatoes

Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) linked to the curriculum for Primary Schools, is a Potato Council initiative that challenges Primary Schools to grow their heaviest yield of potatoes. FREE Rocket and Vales Emerald seed potatoes supplied by the British potato industry, and a growing kit are delivered to all schools who register to take part.

Health Education Trust

Health Education Trust (HET) is the UK registered charity, formed to promote the development of health education for young people. HET is dedicated to initiating and supporting work with children and young adults to encourage the growth of healthy lifestyles.

International Walk to School

The official website of International Walk to School. Information about getting involved, who's walking, resources, downloads.

Safer Routes to Schools

The Sustran's website encouraging environmentally-friendly travel to school. Travel plans, newsletters, case studies, Bike It information, resource library.

A sustainable transport charity promoting the need to encourage everyone to walk, cycle or use public transport more in their every day lives.

The Vegan Society

Eating low on the food chain can be delicious, nutritious, equitable - and significantly cut your eco-footprint. Plant-based food needs fewer resources, and creates less waste, than typical British diets. Get catering information and more about the benefits for the planet from The Vegan Society

The Walk to School Campaign

The Walk to School campaign is run by national charity Living Streets, and aims to encourage all parents and children to make walking to school part of their daily routine. The campaign has existed since 1995, and reaches over 2 million children each year.

School Grounds

Captain Planet Foundation

This foundation has the mission to help encourage kids from grades Kindergarten through 12th grade to learn more about the environment and they support many environmental projects that kids can get involved in, in a hands on manner. They also encourage activities that help kids all around the world to work together and on an individual level to help the environment. The site is easy for kids to navigate through, and it provides information on projects that the foundation has going. It also teaches kids great ways that they can have a good effect on their own environment.

Children of the Earth

The Children of the Earth website helps to provide information for kids that will allow them to understand and respect the world around them. Lessons are taught on plants, soil, energy, animals, and more. It helps them to learn about how their actions can either have negative or positive effects on the environment.

Each One Counts

Each One Counts is the inkjet cartridge and mobile phone recycling scheme that helps charities raise funds without costing schools a penny

Eco Mentors

This is one of the best sites on the web that will teach your kids more about the environment while allowing them to have a lot of fun. It is actually an award winning site for kids, and provides interactive and innovation environmental education for kids and their families. Great activities and games are used on the site to help you child have a wonderful time while learning more.

Environmental Education for Kids

EEK is an online magazine that is for kids. It is geared to kids in grade 4-8. They have articles about the environment and other issues, and they even have great activities for your kids to enjoy online as well.

EPA Student Centre

This is the official site of the EPA in the United States. They include many great stories, games, and pictures. There are many funny cartoons that include facts about the environment that kids can enjoy. It also includes excellent ways that kids can improve the environment and keep nature alive as well.

Every Can Counts

Every Can Counts aims to make it easier to recycle your drink cans and make a difference. They have a selection of downloadable materials available for you to set up and promote your own Every Can Counts scheme.

Don't throw it away - give it away! Freegle is an email list hosted on Yahoo! Groups that allows you to give stuff away when you need to get rid of it but don't want to throw it in the bin. Or save something from landfill by asking for it; perhaps someone has just what you need that they were about to throw away

Green-Works is an award winning, leading social enterprise and registered charity, diverting surplus office furniture from landfill and providing schools and charities the opportunity to purchase top quality recycled items at great prices

IT Schools Africa

IT Schools Africa is a registered charity with a mission to transform IT education in Africa. They collect old computers in the UK, refurbish them and distribute them at low-cost to schools in Africa.

Kids for a Clean Environment

The mission of this site is to provide excellent and education information to kids on environmental issues and to encourage them to work on improving the world around them. It provides information on how they can work in their own community and how they can work on recycling.

Kids Planet

This site has many great games for kids on the web of life, fact sheets on different animal species, and they provide excellent information on what kids can do to help protect and defend their own environment. They even have their own Wildlife Adoption Center on the site.

Learn to Recycle

A comprehensive guide to recycling. Learn to Recycled are based in Bristol and are a merger of three of the UK's leading sustainable waste management businesses.

Meet the Greens

This website is all about a family, which is known as the Greens, and they are a family working hard to make sure that the do the right thing for the environment. It is a site based in the United States and it includes adventures of the family, which are animated, and they all have great environmental messages for them. Not only can they learn about recycling, saving animals, and more, but there is a blog that is interactive where your kids can have discussions about the programs.

National Geographic Kids

This is an excellent site for kids, with all the great options that you'd expect from National Geographic. It is an excellent resource for kids and it has information on a variety of topics, including the environment and how problems with the environment affect the world and animals around it. You'll find stories, quizzes, games, tips, and videos that your kids will enjoy while learning more about the environment and recycling.

Ollie's Recycles UK

Ollie Recycles is a website for kids all about the 3R's - "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle."

Phil the Bag - Textile Recycling

'Phil' the Bag is a free clothing recycling initiative, helping your school raise funds from textile donations. Phil the Bag also provides you with free school resources and a free Programme of Practical Classroom Activities.

Recycle Now Schools

Recycle Now Schools aims to provide primary and secondary school staff with information, advice and activities to guide you through the process of setting up and maintaining effective recycling schemes and taking a whole school approach to recycling.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the UK actually sponsors this site. It provides a wealth of great information that is presented on a level for children. The site is brightly colored, it's easy for kids to use, and interactive to get them involved in learning. You'll find many great jokes, brain teasers, music, and games on the site that will keep your kids entertained while they learn.

Recycool is a recycling and fundraising programme for schools, with over 5000 schools in the UK and Ireland taking part. Money is donated to your school for every empty printer cartridge, mobile phone and PDA they recycle - so the more you can collect, the more cash your school can raise!

United Shoe Recycling Company

United Shoe Recycling Company offer schools a free shoe recycling service, and will pay schools £5 for every full bag of wearable shoes donated. United Shoe Recycling provide schools with free recycling bins, and will collect your schoes for free .

Wastebuster can encourage your children to minimise their waste, to carry their learning out of the classroom and into the home, the community and the wider world. Wastebuster is a video rich, multimedia teaching resource with cross-curricular films, practical activities and resources to make Wastebusting an exciting part of your curriculum.

We can help improve teaching and pupils' learning experiences around sustainability. Our education services are aimed at developing and applying good practice. We focus on two main areas; professional development and curriculum development.

Water

A UK based NGO (non-governmental organisation) with an aim to decrease water consumption. The website offers lots of water saving advice including information on water efficient white goods.

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Acorn Education

Acorn Education brings the past to life. A great way to learn new yet ancient skills and to really learn about Bronze and Iron Age life, legend and spirit.